The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (previously named the American Birth Control League and Birth Control Federation of America) was founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916. Sanger frequently spoke of the need to reduce populations of African-Americans, the handicapped, immigrants, and others she called “human weeds,” “human waste” and “a class of people who never should have been born at all.” It was imperative, she wrote in her 1922 book The Pivot of Civilization, “to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world.”
Sanger was founder and editor of Birth Control Review magazine. In 1933, she published an article by Ernst Rudin, Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene, entitled “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need.” A book called The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, by American Birth Control League board member, Lothrup Stoddard, received a good review in the Birth Control Review. Other articles published by the magazine include “Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics”, “The Eugenic Conscience”, “The purpose of Eugenics”, “Birth Control and Positive Eugenics”, “Birth Control: The True Eugenics”.
Sanger’s “Negro Project” was aimed at promoting birth control to black women. In a letter dated December 10, 1939 to Dr. Clarence Gamble, Regional Director of the South for the Birth Control Federation of America, she wrote “[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Planned Parenthood continues to court black leadership to endorse their programs, from W.E.B DuDois, founder of the NAACP to President Barak Obama. Rev. Jesse Jackson, for instance, spoke at the 1977 March for Life, asking the question: “What happens to the moral fabric of a nation that accepts the aborting of the life of a baby without a pang of conscience?” Jackson later changed his stance on abortion in the 1980s during his run for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
Fifty million babies have been killed in America since 1973. Loss of life is gain for abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood’s 2007-2008 Annual Report reported income of over $1 billion ($349.6 million in government grants and contracts), $85 million in profits, and over $1 billion in net assets. The legacy of Margaret Sanger lives on. The following information is based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and the research arm of Planned Parenthood, the Alan Guttmacher Institute:
- A black baby is three times more likely to be killed in the womb than a white baby.
- African-Americans account for 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they submit to 37 percent of abortions.
- Twice as many African-Americans have died from abortion than have died from AIDS, accidents, violent crimes, cancer, and heart disease combined.
- Planned Parenthood operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics and almost 80 percent of its facilities are located in minority neighborhoods.
- Every three days, more African-Americans are killed by abortion than have been killed by the Ku Klux Klan in its entire history.
Tanya L. Green, “The Negro Project and Margaret Sanger.”
Coleman McCarthy, “Jackson’s Reversal on Abortion.” The Washington Post. May 21, 1988.
Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization. New York: 1922.
Margaret Sanger, “Letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble.” Sanger manuscripts, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. December 10, 1939.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, “2007-2008 Annual Report.”
“Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States.” The Alan Guttmacher Institute. July 2008.
“Abortion Surveillance System.” “Abortion Surveillance – United States, 2005.” Centers for Disease Control.